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Stormwater 2015 Best Management Practice Conference

Council staff and consultants from across the Central West will be descending on Dubbo on Friday 18 September for the inaugural regional Stormwater Best Management Practice conference. This event is being organised as a partnership between the Orana and Central West branches of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and the Central West Councils Salinity & Water Quality Alliance with the support of Central Tablelands and Central West Local Land Services regions.

The conference will feature regional case studies of stormwater best management practice demonstrating that innovative solutions to stormwater management can be achieved in a regional context. Additionally, the conference has managed to attract industry leading delegates Nerida Taylor – Water Sensitive Urban Design Capacity Building Officer from Blacktown City Council, and Natalie Payne – Co President of Stormwater NSW, who will provide attendees with knowledge on capacity building programs and industry associations.

A highlight of the day will be the Best Management Practice Workshop to be hosted by Rod Wiese - Director Storm Consulting, who will guide conference attendees through a series of activities designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of improved and alternative stormwater management techniques.

"A conference of this type with the calibre of presenters assembled is uncommon in a regional setting. This is a brilliant opportunity for engineers, planners, environmental officers and a whole host of local government staff to hear from industry leaders without having to travel to a major city" said Rolly Lawford, Chair of Orana IPWEA.

"Stormwater management is increasingly being seen as a critical consideration in the context of flood mitigation, environmental health, water security and liveability. This is demonstrated by the current Federal Senate Inquiry into stormwater, which really shows how timely and important this conference is."

The conference is being hosted at no cost to attendees as the Alliance and IPWEA groups, as well as the Central Tablelands & Central West LLS who are supporting the event, see this as an opportunity to invest in the skills and knowledge of their membership base that collectively represents 27 councils from across the region.

For further information or to register attendance please contact:
Mick Callan
Project Support Officer
Salinity & Water Quality Alliance
P. 6333 2323